Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge 2016: everything you need to know

Get your bikes ready for Dubai's sporting event of the year

At Spinneys, we place huge importance on the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and customers. For us, that means ensuring we stock produce everyone can feel good about buying and eating, such as sustainably sourced, GMO-free fruit and vegetables and great-tasting hormone-free meat and poultry from farmers we trust. And it also means that we do our bit for the environment and take an active role in supporting the community around us.

Exercise is an all-important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and that’s just one of the reasons the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge is our highlight of the sporting calendar. This year our team of cyclists is led by Spinneys’ CEO, Jannie Holtzhausen, and is made up of staff from stores across Dubai, all of whom enjoy the camaraderie and health benefits that training for an event like this brings. We’d love for you to join us and get involved too.

So, what is it exactly?

The Cycle Challenge, which began in 2010, aims to promote Dubai and international cycling. In just six years, it has established itself as a popular annual event for sportspeople, active families and groups of friends or co-workers: in 2013, over 1600 cyclists of all ages and nationalities took part in the 92km event, some even flying in from abroad to cycle. In 2014, a Junior Rides section was added, with a 15km (ages 7-11) and a 30km race (12-16).

When is it?

The Junior Rides take place on 15 December 2016, while the Cycle Challenge itself is held on 16 December 2016.

Where does it take place?

The event is a real spectacle. Starting and finishing at Dubai Autodrome in Motor City, the participants make their way round the roads of Dubai, with police escorts and marshals to ensure safety, and friends, family and local residents cheering them on. There will also be a Spinneys food truck on standby for both competitors and spectators.

Who can take part?

There are cyclists of all abilities and ages in the Cycle Challenge. If you feel that 92km is too much, opt for the gentler 53km circuit, introduced last year for those who don’t feel ready for the full race.

How can I train?

To help you make the grade, there’s an intensive training programme on offer with build-up rides of three to five hours each to help with speed and endurance:

Build-Up Ride 1 (35km): 2 September 2016
Build-Up Ride 2 (45km): 7 October 2016
Build-Up Ride 3 (65km): 28 October 2016
Build-Up Ride 4 (85km): 25 November 2016

How much does it cost?

All build-up rides cost Dhs 60.
The Junior Rides (both 15km and 30km) cost Dhs 60.
The 53km and 92km Cycle Challenge costs start from Dhs 300.

How do I register?

Click here to register for all of the above.

For more information, visit cyclechallenge.ae